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No casualties were reported immediately.

Mamun Parvez, duty officer of Sylhet Fire Service Control Room, said 17 firefighting units doused the fire at around 6:30am.

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The reason behind the fire and the details about damages could not be known immediately, he added.

The tin-shed hawkers’ market has around 3,000 shops of cloths. Businessmen feared that their clothes worth millions were gutted by the fire.

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Abdus Sobhan, secretary of the market managing committee, claimed that the fire originated from the Bismillah cloth store and gutted around 20-25 shops in the market.

People also looted clothes and valuables during the fire, he claimed. This could not be verified independently.

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